A driving force in the establishment of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 1965 and the first president of its board of directors, Edward William Carter was also a deeply sensitive connoisseur of art. His interest in collecting 17th-century Dutch landscapes and still lifes of extraordinarily high quality resulted in a superb selection of masterworks, largely unmatched in private hands. He and his wife, Hannah, gifted the extraordinary collection they had assembled to LACMA in 2009. The 36 paintings that make up the Mr. and Mrs. Edward William Carter collection constitute some of the best examples of their kind in the United States.
Published on the 10th anniversary of the Carters’ historic gift, this catalogue offers new scholarship, supported by technical discoveries made by LACMA’s conservation team, as well as detailed color images, to commemorate the transition of this outstanding group of paintings from a private collection to a public museum.